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Everlasting bonds with fellow pilots


Distractions from the heavy impact of the war
Ken Adam Artist
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It obviously affected me... you know, all the war and everything. Even though you tried to be press on regardless and so on, and you had these great friendships with people you were… But you know, I was a more sensitive person than a lot of other people. But the film gave me another, you know… I noticed, you know that my Aston Martin was sold for £2,800... £2,800,000 the other day? You know, I was invited to the RAC to show off the gadgets, and all that sort of thing, so obviously, you know, I had very fast cars after the war.

Sir Kenneth Adam (1921-2016), OBE, born Klaus Hugo Adam, was a production designer famous for his set designs for the James Bond films of the 1960s and 1970s. Initially, he trained as an architect in London, but in October 1943, he became one of only two German-born fighter pilots to fly with the RAF in wartime. He joined 609 Squadron where he flew the Hawker Typhoon fighter bomber. After the war, he entered the film industry, initially as a draughtsman on This Was a Woman. His portfolio of work includes Barry Lyndon and The Madness of King George; he won an Oscar for both films. Having a close relationship with Stanley Kubrick, he also designed the set for the iconic war room in Dr Strangelove. Sir Ken Adam was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: World War II

Duration: 1 minute, 5 seconds

Date story recorded: December 2010 and January 2011

Date story went live: 15 August 2011